Birmingham and Solihull NHS chief pledges to tackle diversity to encourage more people into nursing - The Solihull Observer

Birmingham and Solihull NHS chief pledges to tackle diversity to encourage more people into nursing

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jan, 2023   0

THE chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull’s Mental Health NHS Trust has called on health leaders to address diversity issues to get more people from ethnic minority backgrounds to consider a career in nursing.

Questioned on Newcross Healthcare’s Voices of Care podcast about the decline in the number of people entering the nursing profession last year, Roisin Fallon-Williams said the problem can be partly attributed to a lack of non-white people in leadership roles.

She said: “It’s really important that people see people in those kind of roles that look and sound like them.

“That’s where we’re not hitting the mark. In Birmingham, over 40% of our population who we want to encourage to work in health and care come from a non-white background.

“And the majority of us in leadership roles are white. So, what they don’t see is someone that looks or sounds like them to aspire to. We need to tackle that to enable the leadership.”

Ms Fallon-Williams, who is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and spent much of early career in clinical roles, says a lack of inclusivity has also impacted the recruitment of nurses from overseas.

She added: “In order to have the right culture for people to come internationally, we have to have a culture of welcoming people of diversity into our organisation. And certainly, what we experience is that isn’t always the case.

“So, alongside our anti-racist, anti-discriminatory campaign we’ve launched something called Enough is Enough, which is about an acknowledgment that these things are happening in our organisation.”

Hosted by healthcare expert Suhail Mirza, the podcast episode featuring Roisin Fallon-Williams is available now alongside previous episodes in the series on Newcross Healthcare website.

Visit as well as onYouTube, Spotify, Apple and a range of other podcast platforms.



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